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Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, MPs told

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.<p>Speaking to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica had a suite of personality …

Facebook apologizes for its moderation 'mistakes'

With over 2 billion users and counting, policing Facebook is an increasingly difficult task. The unenviable job rests on the shoulders of a 7,500-strong team of content moderators (alongside the site's algorithms), who scour through tons of unsightly posts, ranging from violent terrorist material …

Internet

Microsoft says it's time to kill off the password

No matter how many times people are warned, the most popular passwords are still terrible. They make it easy for hackers to steal identities and are …

Information Systems

Beware of contracting a cryptocurrency-mining virus from Facebook Messenger

A virus that borrows your computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency without your knowledge is spreading through Facebook Messenger, security experts at Trend Micro discovered last week. The virus, named Digmine, seems to have originated in South Korea and has also been reported in Vietnam, …

Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and it’s paying off

Holy hell, it’s been a year for Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ former-online-bookstore dumped $13.7 billion to buy a bunch of grocery stores, that speaker you talk to in your living room that Amazon makes is <i>really popular</i> and a bunch of server farms Amazon runs generate more than $10 billion in revenue …

eCommerce

New Apple patent application hints at long-range wireless charging

A new patent application by Apple hints at RF-based long-range wireless charging, along the lines of the Energous system which was recently granted FCC approval.<p>As is usual with Apple patent applications, the wording is as general as possible – encompassing both wired and wireless charging – but …

Xbox party chat arrives on iOS in beta

You no longer need an Android phone if you want to join in Xbox party chats when you're away from your console -- Microsoft has introduced party chat to the beta Xbox app for iOS. If you've been accepted into the program (you have to sign up first), you can keep up with your teammates' voice …

Surface Phone: Microsoft’s Folding Game-Changer Might Run Andromeda OS, And Some Apps Are Now Supporting It

Interestingly enough, Microsoft’s mysterious Surface Phone is starting to make waves in the mobile community once more. While the past year has seen …

Mobile

Face ID shown unlocking for family members who aren’t alike

Apple’s Face ID is the safest facial recognition system ever made for smartphones. Unlike its Android alternatives, it can’t be hacked with photos, …

Face ID

Amazon just acquired smart home startup Blink

Amazon wants to be inside your home, not just dropping off packages at your door.<p>Now, the book-seller-turned-retail-giant is acquiring home security …

Smart Homes

Samsung: Microsoft is just selling normal Galaxy Note 8, S8 units

Apparently, for all the guff and gusto that Microsoft is talking about when it’s selling Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 phones — they’re Android …

Phones

Essential Phone’s 360-degree camera can now live stream to Facebook

The 360-camera add-on that’s now available for the Essential Phone just got a bit more useful. The company has issued a software update that will allow the camera to stream live 360-degree videos to Facebook.<p>If you own the phone and the add-on, you can snap on the 360-degree camera to the back of …

Apple's latest acquisition could enable better low-light photos on iPhones

Apple has quietly acquired Invisage Technologies, a firm that works on enhancing imaging in less-than-optimal lighting conditions, reports TechCrunch. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>The company explains on its website that its QuantumFilm material, which it’s developed in-house, can be …

You can now buy Amazon Alexa speakers at Whole Foods

At least 100 Whole Foods store are now selling Amazon Alexa speakers, because why not?<p>The next time you're shopping for organic produce at Whole Foods, you might notice a new tech-centric aisle in the store. Select Whole Foods locations are now selling Amazon Alexa speakers. Whole Foods says the …

Smart Homes

Amazon series goes behind-the-scenes with Manchester City FC

Amazon is taking an "anything you can do, I can do better" approach to competing with Netflix these days. Just a month after Netflix announced a Juventus FC documentary, Amazon is responding with a Prime Video series covering English Premier League frontrunners Manchester City FC. The original show …

Essential’s camera accessory now supports Facebook Live streaming in 360 degrees

The Essential Phone shipped earlier this year with an optional 360-degree camera accessory, but it didn’t really do more than take 4K spherical videos and photos. Now, Essential’s updated the mod to support 360-degree live-streaming, with Facebook Live as its first partner and Twitter’s Periscope …

Livestreaming

Whole Foods is getting in-store Black Friday discounts on Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV

Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>Since Amazon bought Whole Foods in August, it’s doing things a little differently this Black …

Amazon Echo

Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our …

Social Media

Apple Is Said to Ramp Up Work on Augmented Reality Headset

Apple Inc., seeking a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone, aims to have technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could …

Augmented Reality

Best Accessories for the Amazon Fire HD 10

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is a remarkably good tablet for the price. Starting at $149, you get a 10-inch device that does everything Amazon has to offer …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon adds its own discounts to third-party seller products

For the first time, Amazon is cutting the prices of third-party seller items at its own expense to be more competitive with other online sites, a move first spotted by the <i>WSJ</i>. Such items are labelled as "Discount provided by Amazon," marking a new policy that even many of the retailers aren't aware …

Instagram adds mid-feed preview tiles for Stories, tests new stop-motion camera feature

Over a year ago, Instagram rolled out its clone of Snapchat’s popular Stories feature and has since said that its version of Stories reaches over 250 million daily users. Now, Instagram is making a change to its iOS app that makes Stories even more prominent…<p>While before, Stories were limited to a …

Apple reportedly looking to ditch Qualcomm components

Next year's iPhones and iPads could be sporting components from another source, The Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Apple may be looking to squeeze Qualcomm out of its devices entirely.<p>Apple, which is locked in a fierce battle with Qualcomm over patents and licensing fees, is designing iPhones and …

Wall Street

Microsoft 1Q18 earnings robust, Laptop drives Surface sales up 12 percent

Microsoft has been in a good swing since dislodging efforts in mobile and focusing them onto Surface notebooks and tablets.<p>Overall revenue jumped 12 …

New Surface LTE Hardware Confirms Microsoft's Future Success

Microsoft is expected to announce the availability of an LTE Surface tablet later this week at its Future Decoded, reports Ars Technica and others. The Surface Pro was announced in June 2017 and support for an LTE version was mentioned but with no details on the release date.<p>Although Microsoft has …

Mobile

‘Amazon Stadium’ is the latest bait being dangled in front of Jeff Bezos

A Chicago developer is promising a sports complex if the company decides to put its HQ2 in the Windy City.<p>The bidding war over which city will be the location of Amazon’s next headquarters continues.<p>As reported in the Chicago Tribune, Sterling Bay Developers in Chicago have drawn up plans for an …

Amazon HQ2

22 Million Amazon Echo Smart Speakers To Be Sold In 2017, Driving US Smart Home Adoption

Driven by the rapidly growing adoption of smart speakers, the installed base of smart home devices in the U.S. will reach 244 million in 2022, up from 24 million in 2016, according to a new Forrester Research forecast. Amazon sold over 11 million Amazon Echo devices in 2016, and Forrester expects …

Automation

You can now use Apple Music with Google Assistant on iPhone

While most would argue that Google Assistant on iPhone is inferior to Siri in a lot of ways, it’s still a fairly handy tool for those using Google’s services. Recently, Google has given Assistant on iPhone a bit of extra functionality with Apple Music integration.<p>Enabled through the Google …

Amazon is adding Audible support to its entry-level Kindle

The cheapest Kindle is getting the best feature for those who'd rather listen to books than read them. Based on its listing (as found by <i>The Digital Reader</i>), Amazon is rolling out Audible support for the $80 device "in the coming months." The e-retail giant's older Kindles used to have the feature, …

Kinect, Xbox and Windows 10: Why accessibility matters

The demise of Kinect is a worrying change in the options for how we can interact with our devices.<p>Kinect is either Microsoft's biggest success or …